Estonian education in the spotlight at Expo 

8 December 2021
by Eva Toome


During the EXPO Knowledge and Learning Week, a high-level Estonian education delegation will visit Dubai and many education solutions will be on display. Estonian Minister of Education and Research Liina Kersna will attend the discussion at the RewirED international conference, and former Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, Ambassador-at-large for Education Birgit Lao, and several representatives of education and research will take part in the Estonian Education Week at the Estonian EXPO Pavilion.

The programme of Expo 2020 Dubai includes a Knowledge and Learning Week on 12-16 December. For Estonia, it is the first time to showcase education at the world fair. 

Estonian Education Week at EXPO

The goal of the Estonian Education Week is to internationally showcase Estonian education. The Estonian education programme at Expo has been divided into thematic days. The week begins with participating in the international RewirED conference, 12-14 December, and a panel discussion on innovation in education. It is followed by the business forum on education discussing future solutions in education. The week concludes with the day of universities on 15 December followed by the day of educational technology on 16 December. 

Top scientists to introduce Estonian science

Research in Estonia will be demonstrating how Estonia can contribute to resolving global issues and looking for new opportunities to do so even more efficiently through international cooperation. Kersti Kaljulaid, former president of Estonia, Anu Noorma, the Director-General of the Estonian Research Council, and Estonian top scientists will be introducing Estonian science and looking for opportunities of cooperation in entrepreneurship and science. 

Discussion on digital technology in education

On the day of educational technology, a presentation will be held in the Estonian pavilion showcasing the solutions by educational technology companies Eliis, Clanbeat, SpeakTX, Opiq, Schoolaby, TutorID, DreamApply and Mobilab as well as discussions on student-based, quality education of the future. PhD Grete Arro, a specialist in educational and environmental psychology and researcher at Tallinn University, will moderate a discussion between Estonian education technology companies and students from over the world on how using digital technology can make learning more efficient. 

The Meeting with the Minister of Education of the UAE

The programme of the Minister of Education and Research Liina Kersna at Dubai EXPO includes many meetings and visits, including meeting with His Excellency Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammad, the Minister of Education of the United Arab Emirates.  The minister will also attend the discussion at the RewirED international conference on 13 December and will commence the business forum on education on 14 December.  

On her visit to Dubai, Kersna will be accompanied by the rectors of Estonian public universities: Toomas Asser (University of Tartu), Tõnu Viik (Tallinn University), Tiit Land (Tallinn University of Technology), Mart Kalm (Estonian Academy of Art), Henry-David Varema (Vice-Rector for International Affairs in Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre). Ülle Jaakma (Estonian University of Life Sciences) and Meelis Kitsing (Estonian Business School). 

Estonian education solutions at Estonian pavilion

In the Estonian pavilion, the visitors of education week will be able to get acquainted with a classroom demonstrating a modern learning space created by architecture offices Kuubis and Standard. Over the course of six months, the Estonian Pavilion will be showcasing our digital society with an emphasis on our education, science, innovation and education technology solutions.  
More information about the education programme can be found on the Education Estonia website 


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